Bushfoods & Bush Medicine

Just a quick note for Indigenous folks, this page contains mentions of deceased people.

Ligaya Garden is in Gawler, on Kaurna Country, and we forage for bushfoods and medicines as locally as possible. We like to stick within a one hour drive of our place – there’s enough here for everyone!

Most of our bushfood knowledge and experience with comes from our times with our Ngarrindjeri family and friends way down South on the Coorong, I’m indebted to Uncles Neville Gollan, George and Tom Trevorrow for sharing their knowledge freely on many a walk and chat around the campfire. Sadly, those Uncles are all gone now/ They taught me how to look at the bush and all of its interconnections and that it isn’t just a collection of plants and animals or even ecosystems but a continuum extending through time.

What I do know about the local plants from a Kaurna perspective was shared with me by Aunties Cherie Watkins and Veronica Brodie. Another great source of knowledge and inspiration has been our friend and ecologist extraordinaire Joan Gibbs, who taught me how to see the bush more clearly.

To their knowledge, I can add to information that I’ve followed up on, academically, by looking at both old writings from explorers, priests, anthropologists and their ilk.

The Ngarrindjeri and Kaurna names included for some of the plants are by no means comprehensive, they’re just what we’ve learned in my excursions and from doing a little reading here and there. It goes without saying that such rich cultural groups have many, many other words and names for vital parts of their tradition and culture. I’ll certainly add more as we learn them.

We’re always learning about our botanic community, taking new pics and meeting folks who know a lot more than we do, so keep checking your favourite plants on these pages. There’s always more to come!

Flowering times are approximate. Plants don’t take a lot of notice of calendars and the changes in our climate are mixing things up a bit. The times we’ve given are from our own local experience.

Black Anther Flax Lily (DIanella revoluta)

Black Anther Flax Lily

(Dianella revoluta)

Boobiala (Myoporum insulare)


(Myoporum insulare)

Bower Spinach (Tetragonia implexicoma)

Bower Spinach (Sea Spinach)

(Tetragonia implexicoma)

Bullrush (Typha orientalis)


(Typha orientalis)

Chocolate Lily (Arthropodium strictum)

Chocolate Lily

(Arthropodium strictum)

Cypress Pine (Callitris presii)

Cypress Pine

(Callitris presii)

Coastal Ballart (Exocarpus syrticola)

Coastal Ballart

(Exocarpus syrticola)

Coastal Bearded Heath (Leucopogon parviflorus)

Coastal Bearded Heath

(Leucopogon parviflorus)

Coast Saltbush (Atriplex cinerea)

Coast Saltbush

(Atriplex cinerea)

Drooping Sheoak (Allocasuarina verticillata)

Drooping Sheoak

(Allocasuarina verticillata)

Early Nancy (Wurmbea dioica)

Early Nancy

(Wurmbea dioica)

Flame Heath (Astroloma conostephioides)

Flame Heath

(Astroloma conostephioides)

Kangaroo Apple (Solanum laciniatum)

Kangaroo Apple

(Solanum laciniatum)

Mealy Saltbush (Rhagodia parabolica)

Mealy Saltbush

(Rhagodia parabolica)

Milkmaids (Burchardia umbellata)


(Burchardia umbellata)

Mistletoes (Amyema and Lysiana species)


(Amyema and Lysiana)

Muntries (Kunzea pomifera)


(Kunzea pomifera)

Native Apricot (Pittosporum phylliraeoides)

Native Apricot

(Pittosporum phylliraeoides)

Native Cherry (Exocarpos cupressiformis)

Native Cherry

(Exocarpos cupressiformis)

Native Currant (Acrotriche depressa)

Native Currant

(Acrotriche depressa)

Old Man's Beard (Clematis microphylla)

Old Man’s Beard

(Clematis microphylla)

Pigface (Carprobrotus rossii)


(Carprobrotus rossii)

Quondong (Santalum acuminatum)


(Santalum acuminatum)

River Red Gum (Eucalyptus camaldulensis)

River Red Gum

(Eucalyptus camaldulensis)

(Kennedia prostrata)

Running Postman

(Kennedia prostrata)

Round-leaved Pigface (Disphyma crassifolium)

Round-leaved Pigface

(Disphyma crassifolium)

Ruby Saltbush (Enchylaena tomentosa)

Ruby Saltbush

(Enchylaena tomentosa)

Salty Grapes (Nitre Bush) (Nitraria billardieri)

Salty Grapes (Nitre Bush)

(Nitraria billardieri)

Seaberry Saltbush (Rhagodia candolleana)

Seaberry Saltbush

(Rhagodia candolleana)

 (Cakile species)

Sea Rocket

(Cakile species)

Sedges (Cyperus vaginatus)


(Cyperus vaginatus)

Silver Banksia (Banksia marginata)

Silver Banksia

(Banksia marginata)

Snottygobble (Cassytha pubescens)


(Cassytha pubescens)

Sticky Hop Bush (Dodonaea viscosa)

Sticky Hop Bush

(Dodonaea viscosa)

Sundews (Drosera species)


(Drosera species)

Sweet Appleberry (Billardiera cymosa)

Sweet Appleberry

(Billardiera cymosa)

Water Ribbons (Triglochin procera)

Water Ribbons

(Triglochin procera)

White Fan Flower (Scaevola albida)

White Fan Flower

(Scaevola albida) This page is being redone, come back soon!

Yakkas (Grass Trees) (Xanthorrhoea semiplana)

Yakkas (Grass Trees)

(Xanthorrhoea semiplana)

You can learn more about other useful, imported, wild plants here on our pages –

Wild foods & medicines

Herbs in the garden

Other useful plants

Note: It can be illegal to harvest from the wild without the appropriate permit or licence. Different councils, however, have different rules and regulations on the matter, so check with them before you go out.

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